After a very busy week at work for Eric and a full socialite week for me, we had planned an early Friday night since we needed to travel 2 hours down the peninsula to Ipoh on Saturday morning for NI's family day (more on this in a bit). Well, best laid plans tend to change here...often. Our friend Nikki invited us to join her at the Hostie, the local hangout for the Australian/New Zealand/UK military, where the beer is cheap and you can score some Western food. The long and short of it, we enjoyed a few (4-8) beers, Eric mingled with the military men and I chatted it up with the ladies. We did make an early night of it, leaving by 10pm and chowing down on our favorite drunk food Roti before heading to bed.
Saturday -- Lost World Of Tambun, Ipoh
The Lost World of Tambun, 2 hours south of Penang on the mainland, for NI's Family Day. The Lost World is a Malaysian style water and theme park. It is very well done and in a beautiful location.
Anyway, back to the petting zoo....one of the most popular attractions was Ruby and Friends, which turned out to be racoons. Yes, you read that right...there were big, fat and nasty racoons that people were petting and taking their pictures with. Obviously, the movie, The Great Outdoors is not popular here in Asia....Racoons are not cute....
Like good Big Ten fans, we woke up early to watch the first ever Big Ten Championship! The whole family joined in to watch State lose in the last minute...seriously #9 did you have to run into the punter?? Wow! Coco was even glued to the tube...she is obviously in the right family.
After we finished the game, we headed to the Penang Turf Club for their annual horse show. I felt like a giddy school girl going to watch this show. Eric and I snagged front row seats for jumping. We sipped coconuts and enjoyed our first Malaysian horse show.
The course was really really nice and I was clearly a giddy little school girl!
Later that same evening, we joined our friends and drove to Batu Ferringhi, the resort area of the island, for the Penang Jazz Festival. We sat beach side and listened to some amazing music from around the world!
It was a great weekend! Busy, but full! We are certainly enjoying our life here.